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1970 (2001)

 

 

 
 
 
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Workingman's Dead Review - Grateful Dead

Workingman's Dead review

Workingman's Dead is one the finest studio albums that the Grateful Dead ever recorded.  They began to lose some of their psychedelic tone on this album.  Incredibly, Workingman's Dead perfectly blends blues, folk, country, and rock in a very unique way.  

This album includes eight superb compositions.  Like  Aoxomoxoa, the songs were mostly written by Garcia and Hunter.  Several songs make great campfire sing a long such as "Uncle Johns Band" and "Black Peter."  Phil Lesh helped pen the Country flavored "Cumberland Blues,"  a song which showed their efforts to focus on vocal harmonies. 

The bonus tracks included on Workingman's Dead may not be the best from the Golden Road box set, but they are my favorite.  The rendition of "Dire Wolf" is interesting to hear; it was the fifth time that it was performed and it features Bob Weir rather than Jerry Garcia on lead vocals.   The rendition of "Black Peter" is sensational.  At this stage of the songs development it does not have the dynamics that evolved through the years, but it drips with emotion, energy, and a blazing guitar solo. The following song, Robert Hunter's "Easy Wind," featuring Pig Pen on vocals, is the best track on the CD.  During the instrumental the band take their time building their peak that ends with explosive authority, yeah.

The Grateful Dead's CD Workingman's Dead is an essential release.  My only negative criticism is including the single version of "Truckin'"  as track 11 which is right after the original albums version. Two versions of the same song can be redundant if you are not close to the remote control. It would have fit much better as either the last song on the disc or as a hidden track.  

Original Album - A -
Bonus Material - A 
Final Grade - A
The remastered version of Workingman's Dead is available in the box set The Golden Road.

 
Workingman's Dead Tracks - Grateful Dead
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Workingman's Dead

 1. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:45
 2. High Time (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:14
 3. Dire Wolf (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:14
 4. New Speedway Boogie (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:06
 5. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 3:16
 6. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:43
 7. Easy Wind (Hunter) - 4:58
 8. Casey Jones (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:38

Bonus Tracks Studio
 9. New Speedway Boogie (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:10

Bonus Tracks Live

 10. Dire Wolf  (Garcia / Hunter) - 2:31

6/27/69

Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Hall, Santa Rosa, CA
 11. Black Peter (Garcia / Hunter) - 9:07

1/10/70

Golden Hall Community Concourse, San Diego, CA
 12. Easy Wind (Hunter) - 8:09

1/16/70

Springer's Ballroom, Portland, OR
 13. Cumberland Blues (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 4:52

1/17/70

Oregon State University (Gymnasium), Corvallis, OR
 14. Mason's Children  (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh / Weir) - 6:32

1/24/70

Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, HI
 15. Uncle John's Band (Garcia / Hunter) - 7:57

12/23/70

Winterland, San Francisco, CA
Workingman's Dead musician List - Grateful Dead
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan - keyboards, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

Tom Constanten - keyboards on the following bonus tracks: "Dire Wolf," "Black Peter," "Easy Wind," "Cumberland Blues," and "Mason's Children"

David Nelson - Acoustic guitar on "Cumberland Blues."

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Released - 1970
Reissue - 2001 
Tape Archivist - Davis Lemieux
Article - A great interview with David Lemieux where he discusses The Golden Road

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